I have definitely caught a case of the blahs here lately. I think it stems mostly from being on the go during a long weekend, combined with trying to get back into a disciplined school mode, and new cozy flannel pajama pants from Bob's grandma that are just too comfy to want to change out of. Anyway, in times when I do not feel like cooking I am very thankful for frozen homemade soups and chilis, for leftover millet, and for simple meals of beans and rice.
I did recently re-vamp a recipe that I tried a while back, based on something I originally saw Kate do. The first time I made these black bean patties, they were delicious, but very crumbly. I was a novice at vegan cooking then, and had not really learned how to bind things together. This time, I used some quick oats to bind the patties, and I used flax meal plus water as an egg substitute. The combination of these things did the trick; this time the patties held together great, even on the grill.
Here is my re-vamped recipe:
1 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup diced veggies (I used a mix of green bell pepper and red onion)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste (I used plenty)
Several dashes liquid smoke
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3-1/2 cup quick oats
1 tablespoon flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water
Pulse the sunflower seeds, the garlic, and the spices together in a food processor until crumbly. Put everything in a bowl and mix well with your hands. Form into 4 patties and let them refrigerate about 20 minutes (this step helps hold them together too). Grill for about 7-8 minutes on each side. And serve!
If you're Bob, you enjoy yours on a whole wheat bun. If you're me, you opt for an open-faced sandwich with just a thin slice of homemade bread on the bottom. Either way, plenty of spinach and sprouts and some dijon mustard are a must!
Slivered potatoes stir-fried with some veggies is one of Bob's favorite treats in the world. We made these for his family over the weekend, and they include garlic, spinach, and broccoli. Another variation, which he made today, included mushrooms and green peppers.
There will be more cooking soon, I assure you--I have got to motivate myself to do it. In the meantime, I will enjoy your blogs and your wonderful food, and maybe draw some inspiration that way!